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Tiny ‘the new big’ says world’s shortest man 全世界最矮的男子「人小志氣高」

The world’s shortest man alive and certified by Guinness World Records, He Pingping, 20, at 74.1cm, smiles as he gives a press conference in Tokyo on Feb. 13, 2009.


Wearing a sparkling white suit and sporting dyed hair, the world’s shortest man said there was every reason to think big about being tiny.

Recognized last year by Guinness World Records as the world’s shortest man who is mobile, 20-year-old He Pingping stands only 74.1cm and weighs 7kg.

The Chinese national, who was born with a deformity that stunts normal bone growth, said his small size let him slip through tiny spots and eat as much as he wanted.

“I’m not particularly envious of someone who is tall. If you’re tall it is hard to move and it’s very inconvenient,” said He, who was in Japan to appear on television.

“I can weave my way through tight spots if I’m short. It’s much better to be short,” he said, slipping between a poster board and a wall in front of flashing cameras.

“My dream is to continue to hold the world title of smallest man,” He said.

He said one chicken nugget was enough to fill him for the day, although he said he can eat up to a bowl of hot noodle soup when he’s feeling particularly hungry.

Despite his tiny height, He, who lives with his sister, smokes a pack of cigarettes per day but said he was trying to cut back “because it’s bad for the health.”(AFP)










Gregg: How’s it going Norbert?

Norbert: Pretty good. I’m appearing on a TV show tonight.

Gregg: That’s interesting. What kind of show is it?

Norbert: It’s a cookery show. I’m going head to head with three other contestants. The winner will get $1000.

Gregg: Not bad. So what are you planning to cook?

Norbert: I haven’t decided yet. I’ll just figure it out when I get to the studio.

Gregg: That’s brave. You’re really flying by the seat of your pants!








fly by the seat of your pants 臨時起意

When you fly by the seat of your pants, you decide a course of action on the spur of the moment, instead of having a pre-determined plan.

當你「fly by the seat of your pants」,意思就是你並非事先計畫,而是臨時起意決定行動。

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